News  General
Human Brain Schematic

The memory retrieval process

There's a class of Mandela Effect which could be explained by the fact the method the brain uses to store and retrieve memories is the same for everyone.

The explanation is that an efficiency mechanism uses key points and triggers to fill in any blanks. The missing parts were considered unnecessary at the time of initial storage, because further processing is used to draw them out, or "recreate" them, at the later point of retrieval. Computer scientists are pointing to AI systems as using a similar process when reassembling incomplete data. A statistical "likeliness" algorithm is used in conjunction with the original data stored to produce what is then used as the full memory, and that is then treat as being indistinguishable from the original.

Evolution may have created a sliding scale of memory detail required for humans to survive. This happened alongside the intelligence needed to recreate the memory when necessary. The importance of the memory would then be directly related to the level of detail stored.

News  TV
Trailer Park Boys

Move over, Fox news

Recently Fox news covered the Mandela Effect, but that was just the warm up.

Swearnet, which for the uninitiated certainly lives up to its name and might offend delicate ears, has released episode 101 on iTunes which covers them discussing the Mandela Effect.

The Trailer Park Boys is a "mocumentary" series in the style of The Office, featuring a fictional bunch of whacky characters in the Sunnyvale Trailer Park, somewhere in Canada. It has a huge cult following largely grown from an underground fanbase from its origins in 2001.

Swearnet is the online website for the show featuring a blog, news, contests and the podcast, in which Bubbles brings up the Mandela Effect.

Even the summary is nsfw:

In a discussion that is probably best understood while stoned, the Boys go down a spacey f****n rabbit hole when they start talking about the Mandela Effect.  Some people claim that we exist in a an alternate universe and there are certain parts of pop culture that we are not remembering accurately because some big f******g particle collider f*****d up a bunch of space and time b*******t and spawned a new reality.  Fire up some blades/hot knives (don’t burn yourself like Ricky), and try this quiz to see if you’re from the old universe or the new one.

Check it out here, the Mandela Effect is discussed about half way through.


News  Science
D-Wave

Gigantic conspiracy

Geordie Rose, a co-founder of D-Wave Systems which makes "the only commercially Quantum Computers available", has mocked the Mandela Effect as a "a funny, gigantic conspiracy".

He told a conference the phenomenon arose because people made the connection between the way these computers work, i.e. by "tapping into parallel universes", and changing the past to erase something so there's no record of it ever happening.

Those experiencing the Mandela Effect are not pleased with this. In fact, it's been pointed out that whilst it's interesting at last that a key player from the world of Quantum Computing has acknowledged the Mandela Effect, he doesn't actually deny it. He just says D-Wave and CERN are not the ones behind it.

These machines cost $20m each, so if you want to try for yourself and have that much lying around, you know where to go.

News  TV
Fox news

They ask people on the street, with amazing results

Fox news covers the Mandela Effect. Dr. Gene A. Brewer, Associate Professor, ASU Department of Psychology, suggests because our brains all work the same way, when one has a false memory, other have it the same way too.

Dr. Brewer points to "recombination", which is the way the brain takes fragments of the past in order to create what it thinks is the actual memory, but has had to fill in some blanks from missing pieces.

He also controversially points the finger to the people experiencing the Mandela Effect in online groups themselves:

We communicate the false memories through the groups that we are associated to, and that leads to a cultural false memory where many people hold the same belief that things happened that didn't really happen.

News  Books
1984

Have you read "1984" recently?

If you are aware of the Mandela Effect, George Orwells "1984" will strike a very familiar chord. The movies convey the idea of all history being deliberately rewritten, but the original novel does it best. It contains detailed descriptions of the government systematically changing published facts to suit it's purpose. All movie, TV, newspaper and book articles are routinely withdrawn and reprinted, leaving no physical trace of the original event apart from in the memories of those who originally encountered them. And as anyone who has read it will tell you, even those come under attack in the end.

This is very familiar to those experiencing The Mandela Effect.

The actual title of the book is "Nineteen Eighty-Four", and describes the nightmare state created as an extreme extrapolation from the Fascist/Communist governments around at the time Orwell wrote it. To preserve itself in power, the people are manipulated into believing their government is always acting in their best interests, and is omniscient, even thought neither are true. To achieve this, it must be seen to have always been correct in the past, and since it controls all records of past events, when facts change, such as a person being "vapourised" for committing a crime, all record of their life must be erased.

News  Science
Cannabis

Long term use can change brain patterns

A connection between long-term cannabis use and false memory syndrome has been found in a new study from Molecular Psychiatry.

The link between memory loss and cannabis use has been known for some time, but the idea that a false memory could actually be implanted wasn't considered as much.

Marijuana use has also been connected to increased anxiety and paranoia. There have been many studies in this area since there is so much data available now, over such a long period. It has been seen that changes to the hippocampus, which is the area of the brain involved in the formation and retrieval of memories, can occur as a result of long term cannabis use. 

News  Science
CERN Linac 4

Took 10 years to build

Dubbed "The Infinity Machine", CERN announced on May 9th, 2017 an upgrade to the LHC. The Linac 4 is designed to replace the 40 year old component which injects the particles into the main accelerator.

Costing €85bn, the design paves the way for smaller colliders in future, which means CERN or other organizations could build more in different locations.

Interestingly, CERN is stressing the uses away from nuclear physics which these machines offer, such as cancer diagnosis and art analysis in museums to help detect fakes.

There is only one museum in the world which has a particle accelerator - the Louvre in Paris. And it just happens to hold a well-known painting which is the subject of a Mandela Effect...